Sam Weller 

Sam Weller

Artistic + Music Director: Ensemble Apex


Sam Weller is a conductor based in Sydney and Amsterdam, dedicated to sharing his passion for orchestral music with the wider world.

In 2016 Sam founded Ensemble Apex, which has been hailed as ‘one of the most exciting new ensembles on the Sydney scene’ (Limelight Magazine). The orchestra creates exceptional orchestral music moments for newcomers and seasoned concert-goers alike. Apex has presented sold-out seasons since 2016, highlights include Bela Bartok’s Miraculous Mandarin at Sydney Town Hall, Rhapsody in Blue with Simon Tedeschi and most recently, Strauss’ Eine Alpensinfonie. 2022 see’s the orchestra present a new production of Verdi’s Messa da Requiem.

“Ensemble Apex are next level - taking music performance in Australia to new heights with a thrilling blend of blistering virtuosity, studied finesse, generous warmth and youthful exuberance.If this is the future of music in Australia - then we are in excellent hands!”
Nigel Westlake - Composer 2021

Sam is currently enrolled in the prestigious National Masters of Orchestral Conducting in The Netherlands studying with Ed Spanjaard, Jac Van Steen, Kenneth Montgomery OBE and guest professor Antony Hermus. After relocating to Amsterdam in 2020, he shortly made his Dutch debut with internationally renowned cellist Pieter Wispelway alongside the Amsterdam Score Collective. Through his involvement in the NMO, Sam has conducted many of the Netherlands’ professional orchestras including; The Netherlands Philharmonic, Noord Nederlands Orkest, Residentie Orkset (The Hague Philharmonic), Nederlands Kamerorkest, Philharmonie Zuid Nederlands, Het Ballet Orkest, Sinfonia Rotterdam and also worked with the singers of The Dutch National Opera Academy. Prior to his studies, Sam appeared in international masterclasses with some of the world's leading conductors including; Paavo Jarvi and David Zinman.

In Australia Sam has worked with Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. Sam was the Associate Conductor of Sydney Youth Orchestras after touring with them to the UK in 2019. Sam graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2019 studying a Bachelor of Music Performance majoring in saxophone and has toured internationally with his former saxophone quartet Luxum Saxophone Quartet.





Masterclass - Lorenzo Viotti - Netherlands Philharmonic
J. Brahms - Symphony No. 2 

Nederlands Viool Concours - Residentie Orkest 
A. Berg - Violin Concerto 
E.W. Korngold - Violin Concerto 
Assistant to Bas Wiegers


Masterclass - PHION

Carmen - Irish National Opera
G. Bizet - Carmen 
Assistant to Kenneth Montgomery 


Carmen - Irish National Opera
G. Bizet - Carmen
Assistant to Kenneth Montgomery


Masterclass - Noord Nederlands Orkest 
D. Shostakovich - Symphony No.5

Masterclass - Lorenzo Viotti - Netherlands Philharmonic 
P. Tchaikovsky - Symphony No.4 
M. Ravel - La Valse


Messa da Requiem - Residentie Orkest 
G. Verdi - Messa da Requiem 
Assistant to Anja Bihlmaier 

Metamorphosis - Noord Nederlands Orkest 
G. Verdi - La Forza Del Destino Overture 
S. Barber - Violin Concerto x Hannah Solveij Gramß
P. Hindemith - Symphonic Metamorphosis 


Pieter Rolf Jeudgconcerten - Noord Nederlands Orkest
Various Repertoire, touring throughout June

Composers Stipendium - Radio Filharmonisch Orkest 
to be broadcast nationally later this year


War and Peace - Canberra Symphony Orchestra
R. Strauss - Metamorphosen 
M. Williamson - Piano Concerto No.2 
L.v.Beethoven - Symphony No. 3 


Parisian Rhapsody - Willoughby Symphony 
C. Saint Saens - Danse Macabre 
C. Debussy - Premiere Rhapsody x Oliver Shermacher 
A. Chance - World Premiere x Oliver Shermacher 
G. Faure - Requiem 

MASS - Ensemble Apex 
G. Verdi - Messa da Requiem

Tuesday Oct 5 2021